Environmental and digital policies constitute the core of the new European Commission’s work. For the European Spatial Data Infrastructure, this means unprecedented political attention. This article reflects the goals of its construction at the time and their role in the current political context of the Green Deal and the European Data Strategy. Considering the intention of the INSPIRE Directive, it deals with essential implementation deficits and, by using specific European projects, it shows where further development of the European SDI is advisable in view of the Green Deal. It becomes clear that INSPIRE is not at a crossroads, but is facing new challenges to be able to compete in emerging data, AI and digital ecosystems.